Consultancy, North America
Brittanie joined Mace in 2014 as a project manager working with the team in Chicago. Having honed her skills over the past two years working on a variety of projects, she is now the account manager for a key financial client. Always searching for a better way to deliver for her clients, Brittanie is also heavily involved in the application of 'lean construction' and believes this is the future for the industry.
- How did you get into what you do?
After concluding my BS in Engineering and one year of grad school in Construction Engineering & Management (CEM), I started working as an assistant project manager. My training in project scheduling at university allowed me to make a lateral move to project controls and I became the schedule manager at a public agency in Chicago for two years. This involved managing a programme schedule, as well as conducting schedule reviews for over 60 projects until the assignment concluded.
I then had the opportunity to continue working in controls with multiple public agencies in the Chicagoland area. During this time I was able to view projects from the one scheduling/reporting aspect. I enjoyed this work but I had a strong desire to experience the entirety of a project from inception to completion. I reviewed a few opportunities for a project management position and decided that Mace provided a unique experience, so I pursued the opportunity and joined in 2014.
- How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
Despite not having been an assistant project manager for very long, I joined Mace as a project manager and quickly learned the nuances of the role. It soon became clear that the majority of the work is based upon communication as opposed to being primarily about reports as in project controls.
The first project I worked on was an office interior renovation for an advertising company where I supported a more senior lead; this led to me being given the opportunity to run my next project with leadership support.
Following that I ran various projects with total responsibility and over the past year I have become the account manager for a financial client. Since joining Mace I have also explored more growth opportunities outside of purely project management, such as Mace Manager and Safety first. Second nature. training. I have also been encouraged to become involved with the Lean Construction Institute which has helped me to have a broader perspective on project execution as well as team collaboration.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
I enjoy the collaborative approach to individualised management. I always feel like I have a team of experts within my company to call on that have a wealth of knowledge regarding anything industry related that I need help with. I also have had the opportunity to build client relationships with our industry partners.
- What do you see as the next big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
In my opinion 'lean construction' is the most practical trend in construction at the moment. Originating from the manufacturing industry, its practical application in the construction industry is something which has been developing for the last 30 years. There is more traction today on this issue because of the technical capability we have for collaboration through software. Subsequently BIM, 3D printing and modular construction are soon to follow as functions to maximise efficiency for cost and schedule impacts.
- What do you hope you will be doing in the next 5-10 years?
Helping the company to grow with awesome clients and conducting leadership and team building training, where both our customers and my fellow colleagues feel valued and appreciated.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
I host a podcast, and I'm passionate about sharing ways to improve your life and your environment in work and play. I'm also passionate about achieving greater outcomes through collaboration and consistently creating a safe place for people to shine.
- If you hadn’t got into this line of work what do you think you might be doing?
I would be a life coach focusing on nutritional health through the consumption of whole foods and practical exercise techniques.
“I always feel like I have a team of experts within my company to call on that have a wealth of knowledge regarding anything industry related that I need help with.”